May 18, 2020

DAILY BRIEF: Kids and science, docs in Spain, airport handling, EU funding, merger and PISA tests

Kide Science's play-based learning lands in Taiwan.
Kide Science

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Finnish documentaries, Airport College International, Lune Group, Kide Science, VTT, Aalto University and Finnish youth make headlines.

Two Finnish films make it to DocsBarcelona, Airport College International’s free COVID-19 online course attracts attendees worldwide, Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland secure EU funding, Lune Group is joining forces with Peptonic, Kide Science closes its first deal in Taiwan, and Finnish youth impress in PISA tests in financial literacy.

Two Finnish films featured at DocsBarcelona festival

Two Finnish documentaries have made it to the DocsBarcelona film festival taking place online this year. Tonislav Hristov’s The Magic Life of V and Arthur Franck’s Olliver Hawk will both compete in DocBarcelona’s Official Section Panorama series after several screenings at international festivals since their premiere in early 2019. The Magic Life of V follows young adult Veera as she deals with her traumatic upbringing with live role-playing. Olliver Hawk, on the other hand, documents Finnish celebrity hypnotist Olliver Hawk (1930–1988) and his colourful career not exempt from controversy.

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Airport College free COVID-19 course studied worldwide

Airport College International’s free COVID-19 online course for airlines and ground handling companies has attracted attendees from around the world. The course has been well received, according to the Finnish company, with thousands of professionals in 143 countries having already completed it. The course offers guidelines and best practices to passenger service agents, cabin crew, ramp handlers, cargo and catering staff, and aircraft cleaning crew for the ongoing pandemic. The duration of the course is 20–30 minutes.

Airport College International

Aalto and VTT projects receive EUR 21 million in EU funding

Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have secured significant funding under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. Aalto received around 11.6 million euros for its projects developing clean energy production technologies. VTT’s projects on artificial intelligence (AI), bio science and health technologies received a boost of around 9.4 million euros. Altogether, the European Innovation Council awarded 114 million euros to some 35 projects in Europe  this time around.

Aalto University

Lune Group to strengthen Peptonic Medical

A majority of Finnish company Lune Group, which sells the Lunette menstrual cup, is being acquired by Swedish pharmaceutical company Peptonic Medical. The two parties have agreed that Peptonic will acquire around 73 per cent of the shares in Lune Group. The merging of the two strong women’s health and self care brands offers growth opportunities for both companies. Lunette reported a turnover of 3.7 million euros in 2019 and employs some 15 people, including two in the US through its subsidiary Lune North America. All the company’s products are made in Finland.

Lune Group

Kide Science closes first education deal in Taiwan

Finnish early science education company Kide Science has closed its first deal in Taiwan with Starlight Education Group, which is adopting international resources and the latest teaching methods and platforms in its kindergartens and schools. Kide Science has developed a learning model called STEAM that supports 3–8 year-old children’s scientific thinking through play-based learning. The Finnish company will provide Starlight’s educators with online training, lesson plans, peer network and engagement for families to continue science education at home.

PISA: Finnish youth’s financial literacy among world’s best

Finnish 15-year-olds received the second highest score in the financial literacy tests organised as part of PISA 2018. Read more about it in our breaking news article by clicking the headline.

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